Fast Facts

FAST FACTS about MISSION HILLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Serving Christian families in Saddleback Valley since 1980.

Preschool through Eighth Grade

School Hours

School Hours
Pre:  8:30 - 12:00
JK:  8:15 - 12:30
K:  8:15 - 1:30
Grades 1-6:  8:15 – 2:45
Junior High:  8:00 – 2:45
Extended Care Hours
JK-8:  7:00 – 8:00
JK:  12:45 - 6:00
K:  1:45 - 6:00
Grades 1-8:  3:00 - 6:00

Mission Statement

Mission Hills Christian School exists to serve families who desire for their children an education that is distinctly Christian.  To that end, we provide a biblically integrated academic program in a godly and loving classroom environment and a safe campus setting.  Qualified and committed faculty and staff train students to identify and achieve their God-given potential.

 

Student/Teacher/Aide Ratio

Preschool and JK:  15 students (with an aide)  
Kindergarten - 8:   25 students 

Instructional aides are on staff to assist in all elementary grades.

Accreditation

MHCS is fully accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).

Faculty

All faculty and staff at MHCS are committed Christians. Each applicant submits a written testimony of their faith which is discussed at length during the interview process. Mission Hills teachers are credentialed and also maintain Christian Educator Certification through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Academics

Mission Hills follows the California State Standards–some of the top educational standards in the nation. Our teachers use the best resources available to integrate a biblical worldview with the subject-matter standards. Curricula include Bob Jones University Press (BJUP), ACSI, A Beka, Houghton Mifflin, Glencoe, McDougal Littell, Junior Great Books, and Prentice Hall.

 Mission Hills prepares our students to present themselves and their knowledge well by participating in ACSI-sponsored competitions such as Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, Speech Meet, Creative Writing Festival, and Technology Fair.

Junior High

Our junior high is composed of grades 7 and 8.

Students are well prepared for high school at Mission Hills as evidenced by the excellent acceptance rates at our area's private high schools as well as our SAT scores.

 Students are offered the opportunity to develop leadership skills by participating in our Student Action Council.  Junior High electives for seventh graders vary from year to year; offerings have included digital animation, debate, drama, art, cooking and yearbook.  In preparation for high school, eighth graders receive a year of instruction in Spanish.

Enrichment Programs

Students from Kindergarten to grade 8 are instructed in P.E.

Technology, Spanish, and Music are taught once per week by teachers specifically qualified in those fields.

Preparation for 21st century learners must include gaining experience in technology.  Students from K-8 are instructed in word processing, Power Point, Excel, graphics, and desktop publishing, all the while learning the proper use of the internet.

Chapel

Each week our students gather together for age-appropriate times of corporate worship and Bible teaching.  Our pastors, administrators, teachers, and honored guests are regularly invited to teach from the Word.  Parents are always welcome to attend.

Service

Students at all grade levels demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus through their service to the local and global community.  Service opportunities have included Operation Christmas Child, shoe drives, collections for local food banks, clothing drives, care packages for our military, blanket making, and coin drives for  Casa Alegre Orphanage as well as for building homes for widows on Mt. Elgon in Kenya.

Sports

Along with regular P.E. classes, MHCS students may participate in two levels of afterschool sports.  Students in grades 5 and 6 are part of our Developmental Sports League (DSL).  This league offers an introduction to soccer, basketball, and volleyball for boys and girls, as well as flag football for boys.

Our junior high students compete in the Tri-Way League in volleyball, soccer, flag football, basketball, and golf.

Extracurricular

In addition to sports, students have the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts and talents by participating in our Christmas and spring musical productions.  Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have meetings on campus.  Additional after school classes have included ceramics, drawing, chess club and Lego design.

Extended Care Program

Care and Recreation (C&R) is a loving, safe, and fun program designed to meet the needs of families who require care for their children before and after normal school hours.  C&R opens each school day at 7:00am and closes at 6:00pm.  C&R fees and grade level schedules are listed under the Care and Recreation tab on our homepage.

Administration

Mr. Larry Ahl, Head of School
Mrs. Carrie Gulino, Principal
Pastor Michael Foell, Campus Care Pastor

Location

The school is located at the gateway to Rancho Santa Margarita, nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac along O’Neill Park. 

Address:  29582 Aventura, RSM, CA 92688
Phone:  949-589-4504      Fax:  949-589-7566